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Making a Matrix Structure Work

Operationalizing Your MatrixAre you getting ready to restructure your organization into a matrix structure? Have you just finished restructuring your functional groups and reporting relationships, and now you need to figure out how to make the new structure operate as a matrix?

A New Organizational Paradigm

Operationalizing your matrix structure is a business improvement initiative and often a paradigm shift for leaders. It’s about setting up the governance structure and systems to run the business with a two-dimensional view using the horizontal dimension instead of the vertical so that you can:

  • Create alignment with your most important organizational goals
  • Serve your external customers better
  • Enable your leaders and team members to work across functions
  • Improve your business operations

In order to produce optimal results, you need to make sure your management system is up-to-date and supports this new paradigm. If it isn’t, and the system you’re using to run your business is out of date, you won’t be able to operate two-dimensionally.

First and foremost, most organizations are already a matrix. If your organization has more than 50 people, then you are a matrix, and it’s time to structure your matrix to run like one.

Structuring a matrix organization is not about moving the boxes around on the org chart, or creating dual-reporting relationships.  Structuring a matrix is about segmenting the dimension of work (the horizontal dimension), and creating the structure to run the business from that dimension.

Whether you’ve recently restructured your organization or restructured it some time ago, you’ve come to the right place. The principles of the Matrix Management 2.0™ operating system provide the foundation for structuring and operationalizing any size matrix, making our approach the most effective option for designing and running matrix organization structures.

To learn more, read our complimentary white paper, Operationalizing Your Matrix:

Operationalizing Your Matrix

A Two-Dimensional MatrixA Two-Dimensional Solution

Every matrix organization has two dimensions: a vertical one and a horizontal one, yet most restructuring solutions on the market offer a one-dimensional approach. This just doesn’t work for today’s matrixed organizations.

  • Are your support services aligned as well as they should be to your core business(es)?
  • Has your business become more complex and you need to better manage that complexity?
  • Are your leaders and team members struggling to cooperate across functional lines?
  • Would you like your team to be more flexible and agile so you can change course more quickly and easily?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s time for a two-dimensional solution.

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